Food Security

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

Trade and transfat in the Pacific

BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition. full report

Any lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan?

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005). full report

Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions

JALALABAD, 11 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Attempts to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan are being hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health budgets and the short-term nature of aid. full report

Lake Malawi’s dwindling fish stocks threaten livelihoods

KARONGA, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A combination of overfishing and the use of illegal fishing gear has seen fish stocks in Lake Malawi dwindle to the point that local people's livelihoods and food security are now under threat. full report

Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel

DAKAR, 29 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report

Meet the Israelis picking Palestinian olives

JERUSALEM, 28 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As Palestinian olive pickers again face violent threats and restrictions on their work, some Israelis are going out of their way to protect them. full report

Ebola hits West Africa food security

KENEMA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies. full report

WFP shortfall fuels Afghan funding fears

DUBAI, 10 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a US$40 million deficit for its Afghanistan programmes, as aid agencies fear that foreign troop withdrawal will lead to decreasing budgets for humanitarian action. full report

Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline

BINGA, 29 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The Tonga tribe, who make up the majority of the estimated 200,000 people living in rural Binga District in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North Province, has for generations depended on fishing for food and an income. But unaffordable government levies are making their lives increasingly difficult. full report

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